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Create a Watercolor Floral Wreath Logo in Procreate

teacher avatar Sabrina Tortora, STortDesigns

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Class Intro


    • 2.

      Resources & Procreate Basics


    • 3.

      Lesson 1: Practice Part One


    • 4.

      Lesson 2: Practice Part Two


    • 5.

      Lesson 3: Practice Part Three


    • 6.

      Lesson 4: Final Project: Part One


    • 7.

      Lesson 4 Continued: Final Project: Part Two


    • 8.

      Bonus: Turn the Design into a Watermark


    • 9.

      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

Create Watercolor Floral Hoop Wreath Logos in Procreate... that's a mouthful!

Hello! Welcome to this Procreate class. 

Watercolor hoop wreaths are the latest trend in wreaths and in boutique logos. Skip painting it on paper, scanning it in, editing, and go straight to a digital format. With some practice, your new skills will help you achieve that beautiful loose watercolor look.

Using brushes that I have tailored to appear like watercolor, we will practice making wreaths. Once you practice making wreaths, you can use them for anything, including greeting cards, wedding invite embellishments, designs, logos, and more!


- iPad with Apple Pencil
 - Procreate App
- Optional: Matte paper texture screen cover (this prevents slip on the glass).
  (I love the Mobdik [2 Pack] Paperfeel Screen Protector Compatible on Amazon)

Included Resources in the Download section:
- Wreath reference photos for the final project
- My Watercolor Ultra Procreate Brush Set Free
- Color Pallete swatches for practice
- Grab a Company Name for quick company name generation for final project

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1. Class Intro: My name is Sabrina Tora. Tora, an artist and graphic designer. This class is for anyone who loves watercolor, painting, drawing, and using the Procreate app. In today's class, we're going to be doing watercolor reef logos in Procreate, watercolor wreath Logos or the latest trend and boutique logos. So you can skip painting it on paper, scanning it in editing, and just go straight to the digital format with some brushes. Creative, it'll help you to create that watercolor look and feel. And also, if you have a mat or paper like texture on your iPad, that really helps too. We'll practice making reeds. And then we're going to look at some reference photos. And you'll get a chance to make your own. For one of the lessons, we will be practicing topography with an ink type brush bonus. At the end, I'm going to show you how to take your watercolor floral logos and turn it into a silhouette or a watermark type could be white or black and you can use it to overlay over the top of videos or any kind of dark photo. So let's get started. 2. Resources & Procreate Basics: Welcome to the class. The first thing you'll need to do is go and grab your resources. There's four files in the resource section. First one is grab a company name. This will be used in the project. Is just a list of adjectives and nouns. And it'll make it easy for us to spawn a fake business name if needed, like crafty daydreams, calming events, charming baskets, honest coffee. You get the gist. Then we have the hoop wreath reference. These are real rates from an Etsy shop called hoops by Ray. Then we have our loose watercolor swatches. It'll be used in the practice file and the watercolor ultra brush set. So let's talk Canvas sizes. Depending on your type of iPad, you might have different layer options. So for mine, a size of 3500 by 3500 pixels gives me 12 layers to work with. And that is perfect. If I go up in size 4 thousand by 4,008 layers, 5 thousand by 5,004 layers, so on. So the higher pixel size, the less layers you get, I find that eight to 12 layers is pretty comfortable for me. Alright, so now we're going to open up, procreate. And first we're going to head over to the swatches. And I've downloaded the loose wild flowers and I've set it as the default. Just click the set default to do that. Now let's check out how to make a pallet. Hit the little plus icon at the very top. Now, select from photo and select your photo. Now you have a new palette from the image, and you can select each square, delete them if there's duplicate colors. You can move the squares around. You can also swipe left and you can share or delete the pellet. Alright, so now I'm going to go back down and set the wild flowers back as the default. And let's keep exploring the colors. So the next tab over is value. This is where you can put the hexadecimal value in an RGB. Then we have harmony. So you can select one of our colors, and then it shows you the complimentary color on the other side. Then we have classic. Here. You can easily pick a white and this slide all the way back over and pick black. Or you can even double-click written the black and it makes black color. And we have the disc which is pretty self-explanatory. Okay, next we're going to look over the brushes and the watercolor ultra rosette. The first one is the water color paper. So I'd like to pick like a light gray, light gray and I painted over. Then I turn that layer into Lanier burn. That I duplicate it, pinch them together. It makes it a little bit more contrasty and darker. And then every layer after this is going to fall below the paper will move this top layer down under the paper. Okay, and the next brush is the pencil. And it's just like a pencil. It's good for stems. Hope you touch two fingers to the screen. It will delete an undo what you just did. Alright, now we have useful streets. I like to use this for statement or the middle of flowers. Okay, now we have watercolor ink. This one, it fades a little bit. It's kind of like Inc. and it's good for typography. Next one, typography, ink pen. This responds to pressure strokes. It's going to be useful for writing words. And we have the blender brush. The blender brush I would like to use with the smudge tool. So if you click the smudge up there at the top, you can select the blender brush to make sure it's ready to go. And we have the opaque watercolor. This is good for stems and leaves, just as the title says, for this one to get it working properly, just in case yours doesn't, since we're not all working on the same iPad, you might have to go into it and mess with the streamline settings a bit. Yours might be lower and you can just boost it up if you need it to be a little bit smoother. Also, if you go into the wrench settings and then gesture controls and quick shape, you will see the delay at the bottom and like to have it around 59 seconds. That keeps it from turning into like a perfect shape if you're holding down your pencil too long. And it gives you a little bit more control. See how it just turned into a blocky shape factor 59 seconds. The few lookout for these settings and change them, your brush should look more like mine and help troubleshoot some of those issues if your brushes and very smooth. Alright, last up, we have the perfect watercolor brushes, my favorite. The edges of it are kind of like watercolor, like pools and dries. And it's good for leaves, stems, everything. But for this brush, you do have to try to do much as you can in one stroke. And that's why we'd like to have that long delay. If you go over a second stroke, it gets you that dried watercolor. Look. Alright, now it's time to start our practice onto the next lesson. See you there. 3. Lesson 1: Practice Part One: All right, so we're going to grab a canvas of 3500 by 3500. And we're gonna go over to our swatches and I'm going to stay with the eight colors on the right. We're gonna choose the brown and a pencil. We're just going to loosely sketched the very first element, the flower that's on the bottom. And make sure when you're drawing this and you make it curved like our very first line was the curved line. So it's, it can follow the circle. Doesn't have to be perfect. All right, now I'm going to go ahead and grab my red down on the right. And then I'm going to pick up the watercolor at the very bottom. Now, when you make these strokes, when they overlap, they're going to look like dried watercolor. And on my brush is set at 15%. And you just make these very easy circular petals. Make a little bud here. Very easy. No blending needed. Just let them overlap. B natural to you. Now we're gonna go ahead and grab our dark gray sting with those eight colors only. On the right palette. We're gonna make the bottom of the Flaubert connects to the stamp. Still staying with the watercolor brush. You can use the blunder at the top, but not needed. This one is going to be just very simple. Okay? Now we're ready for some leaves. Its grab our Aqua Color. Wouldn't you use it with the watercolor? It comes out a lot lighter. So that's what this color looks very dark. And to make the leaves, that's going to take a little bit of practice, a little finesse, but you start off with a little bit of pressure, add pressure, and then let off and just practice this. And you feel comfortable. Go ahead and give it a try, add some leaves, and still keeping the brush about 15% seems like a good size. And remember on the bottom is where it's going to connect to the circle. So we will probably want to add some leaves that go across the circle to hide how they don't exactly match up. And then we're gonna put some at the top, get rid of these. At the top. That Practicing with, and this is where it's going to connect to the other elements. So you want it to be a little messy, not perfect. And try to do this in one fell swoop. And if you have to go back over it, just don't lift the pencil up, just keep it all in, contained in one stroke. Okay, we're gonna go back and grab our Brown again and our pencil. And we're gonna do is second element. This one, same thing. You need to have a curve for their first line or most of the lines just so they follow the circle when we're ready to put them together. Doesn't have to be perfect. Do whatever you want. Just as an example. So this one is just going to be small little leaves, same green, that aqua color and a watercolor brush that 15% hemorrhage is going to make these little heart shapes for leaps all in one stroke. We are for this practice wreath. We're making all the elements separate and then we're going to put them together on a circle. Could be a little bit easier for you. You'll see during the project just to start drawing straight onto the circle K And I'm going to fill the bottom, probably will end up erasing Most of the bottom, so it blends. So it did make a mistake, a very common mistake. So I'm going to lasso this, swipe through fingers down and do cut and paste so that it lands on its own layer. Very common. Sometimes you forget that you're on the same layer. So let's make a new layer for our third element. Still going to use that Brown for the stem and a pencil. I like the tube, the looks blended together watercolor in the pencil. And for this one same deal, it does have larger leads, but still is going to have a curved based stem. And just make tiny little branches here and there. Nothing perfect. Still going to grab that same aqua colored green with a watercolor, the very bottom watercolor. And I'm going to do those large leaves where you use little bit of pressure, lot of pressure and then let up again and try to get it all in one stroke. And you can come and outline it and make them a little bigger as long as all in one stroke and it will have that went on dry. Look, I think I'm going to add another little part with another little leaf to fill in a spot here, looks a little bear. There we go. Add in which you feel you think is necessary and move this one over and do our last element. For this one, I'm going to do the little buds first and then I'll connect it afterward. It doesn't really matter which order you do it, but try it out, see if you like this process better. So grab your Aqua teacher watercolor. And then just start drawing little circles. And I'm gonna do the wet and dry look and make it look like there's a little bit of dimension to them. See just some random circles. To get our Brown and pencil. Never going to make sure we have our stem curved. And I'm gonna go up from the middle here. Make sure you draw a little scribble where the Kinect. Okay, now we're just going to grab in blue and the watercolor. And we are going to just practice making some dots for filler and you just dot would using pressure. And I'm going to have to bring my brush says up because they're not responding. There you go. And that is it. Now we're going to take these elements and put them around a circle. See you in the next lesson. 4. Lesson 2: Practice Part Two: Welcome back. Okay, so we're ready to put this around a circle. So let's hide all the layers and add a new layer. And I'm going to choose a very dark color, the very bottom left swatch, it's kind of bluish gray. And choose a pencil. And i'm going to draw out a circle and you just hold the circle until it becomes a perfect ellipse and then touch it with one finger and don't become perfectly symmetrical. K Now I'm going to rotate it. And then the part that's not perfect on the left, it'll get hidden. And now I'm gonna make a mask on this layer. We're not gonna do anything with it yet, but this is just preparation. Okay, so let's turn on our first layer, first flour, and then I'm going to smooth the mask down below everything. Okay, so a move tool for this flower, and we're going to drag it down and get it in position. Just try to line it up with the circle. Okay, now for our next floral, turn it on and move it into position. If you make it overlap the bottom one just a little bit, that's fine. And then you can just erase part of it just so it looks like it blends a little better. I'm gonna go ahead and erase some of that overlapping. Now. I'll revisit this later once I get everything in position to just keep working through the same way. This next layer, I accidentally had drawn them all on the same layer. So I'm going to have to cut them and swipe three fingers down and paste them onto their own separate layers. I'm just going to get rid of the dots and draw them by hand. It's going to fall in place. Go ahead and erase the overlaps. Okay, so now we're ready to go down to our Layer Mask, and we're going to choose black. Once you fill in the layer mask with black, the circle disappears. And then if you want to bring something back, then you just paint with white on the layer mask. So I'm going to select all around and go to the Layer Mask and fill layer with black. And then it instantly covers it up me to paint some more on the mask with black just to The edge a little bit more believable and not such a sharp cutoff. And I'll probably move the floral also to match. Sorry, I'm bounced around here but just cleaning up all the edges with the Layer Mask, moving the objects and erasing. Now I'm just going back and cleaning up those edges to make the plurals blend better together. So at some point you might decide that you need more leaves and go ahead and add them. And it just pick the spaces where it just doesn't look natural and add some leafs poking out. Okay, it's time first to get the balloon and a watercolor brush. And we're gonna do the docs around just to fill in some places. Don't increase the size and then just go at it, make random little dots. Okay, so I'm not liking how they're coming together at the bottom. So I'm going to erase some of the red flower so that I can make a leaf over the top. Let's give it a nice space for this leaves up above to slide in there. Lasso around and drag it down into place. And it'll kind of be are covered. And then I'm gonna go to the Layer Mask and paint with black. And I think I might add another leaf. And actually also just make sure that you select the correct layer. Remember to change your brush size down to 15. It works a little better at that size. Okay, now we're ready to put text. I'll see you in the next lesson. 5. Lesson 3: Practice Part Three: Welcome back and for our final round of practice, thank you for staying with me this long. So we're ready to add our words. We're gonna go ahead and grab the topography pen and just, we're gonna do some practice with it. It's best to do the entire alphabet when you're practicing. And I know that sounds like a lot, but it, it will become second nature the more that you just the letters. So with the topography Penn, we wanna do the light pressure on the upstroke and heavier pressure on the downstroke. And that's how we do those thick and thin lines. So just go ahead and continue trying out the whole alphabet and you will get it. Don't worry, if you decide that you don't wanna do any typography, that's fine. You can just use the regular fonts that come with procreate. Okay, now that we've got the feeling of our ink pen, let's begin. Okay, we need to enable all of our layers. And I'm going to choose a dark forest, deep green color for the font. It is part of the colors on the right side, part of the eight. I'm going to go up to the wrench and add text. And I'm going to type in Bloom's. Then once you selected all choose the text to transform. It has like a little TT down on the right corner and turn that on to capitalize it. I'm going to choose dy dot for the font for our arrow and move it into place. You can re-size, food-like. Can also turn on the snapping for magnetics to try to get it right in the center. So for me, I like it a little bit to the right. Okay, go back up to our wrench. Add text, type out, flower market, highlight the whole word. And I'm going to decrease the size so I can see it a little better. And the kerning is going to go up to 72. That's what worked for me. We want the letters to be spaced out more. Turn on text transform. So let's capitalize, and I'm gonna choose Farah for the font. And then just play with the order a little bit to get it. Pretty much the same width is Bloom's. Okay, I need to put a little bit more space between the two words. So I'm gonna go back in there at a couple of spaces. Okay, we're ready to write. We're going to go grab our red typography and can start writing. Makes sure you make a new layer. And you can map out and do a little sketch of where the letters are going to fall. But it's not necessary because we will be using the transform tool to make sure that our work fits right over Bloom's. Remember as you're using the topography brush to do really light strokes when you're going up and then press harder when you're going down to get those nice thick and thin lines. Okay, so that's it. Let's delete that layer that we don't need anymore. Grab the little arrow at the top, which is the Move tool and transform using uniform. And make sure the Silverman is right above the blooms. And we are ready for the final project. I can't wait to see what you guys come up with. See you then. 6. Lesson 4: Final Project: Part One: Welcome back everyone. Thank you for staying with me. So we're ready for our final project. And by now you have downloaded the reference photo with all the hoops by Ray from Etsy, which are so beautiful. So we're going to open the photo up and we're going to take just a piece of the photo. So first you want to duplicate it, and then you want to edit that photo that you duplicated in, crop it down, and just choose the wreath that you want to work on. Or I'm going to choose the purple and CJ. And now we have our final little photo and we still have the full photo intact. We're going to use that cropped photo to make the color palette and to zoom in on. So when we take a quick look at our photo to know which elements I'm going to draw. I'm going to look for the biggest flowers. I'm not going to do these little tiny buds. And then next I'm going to focus on the little lilacs that are spraying out behind. And then lastly, I'm going to draw all of those nice leaves that are coming out the sides. And then I'll fill in with other leaves just so that it doesn't look bear. And that is how you choose which elements to include. But of course, simpler is better. Okay, so go ahead and select to your swatches and create a new color palette from an image. Select that new cropped image that you made. Now we're going to go up to the wrench and turn on the reference photo and import that cropped my image in. So we can use that as the reference. You can move this around, scale it, and get it on your screen the way I like it. Okay, first off, we make our paper. Select a great, very light gray. Choose the watercolor paper brush at a 100 percent paint the entire campus. Now, turn to that layer blend mode to Linear Burn. Duplicate the layer to make it a little bit darker. And we're going to pinch them together and rename that paper. I'll just turn this layer on and off. So you may see it sometimes and sometimes not. But if you want that texture, make sure you make your paper layer. Next thing we're going to do is grab a very dark brown from the color palette and make a circle for the hoop. Make sure it's on its own layer. Select your pencil tool and draw out a circle. Remember if you hold the pencil down for a few seconds longer, it'll make the perfect ellipse. And then you tap one finger down to make it perfectly symmetrical. Now hit the arrow for transform so that we can rotate this to hide the imperfections and get it the exact size we want. Let's grab the lightest pink Amber going to grab the watercolor and paint the shape of the rows. Go ahead and do whatever you would like for these watercolor flowers, you might be working on a different photo than I am. So feel free to make them as loose as you like. And I just started with the lightest pink. And then I'm going to make an ombre effect with the pedals and just work my way towards the center, getting darker and darker. Then put the green in the center. Once you have some color down, you'll want to hit this much and make sure you pick the blender brush. And then we're going to just lightly blend the colors. I try not to go all the way to the edges because I like to have that dried up watercolor look on the edge, the very outer edge of the whole flower. I leave it intact. Make sure you bring some shadows back, especially if you're blending too much. Keep on coloring, making petals adding shadows. Also side note, if you happen to make these flowers on the same layer as the hoop, all you have to do is select around with the freehand selection tool. It's swipe three fingers down and cut and paste and the land on their own layer. K. From here, we're going to go back to our hoop layer and we're going to put a mask on it. Okay, we are done and we're ready for our next element. Okay, onto our next two layer, add a new layer for the lilacs. And remember every thing falls below the hoop and the paper layer. To stay consistent, I'm going to keep using a pencil for all the stems, chosen a dark green for this one. And remember your curvature when you're drawing the other flowers so that they line up on the hoop. This time I'm going to branch out a little bit and use the other watercolor that says opaque for stems, going to use that on the leaves at size 16 percent. For the little flower bunches, I'm choosing the dark purple in the corner. And I'm just going to dot around with that same opaque watercolor. Now you'll either want to just make a copy of this layer and then just flip it and rotated a little bit differently. Or go ahead and pause this video and make a second branch that's slightly different. Now the fun part, you just move the elements around and place them on our hoop, looking for the best placement. And then for our third element, we're going to make the sage leaves. I unfortunately misplaced the video where I meet these, but as you can see, I've made two curved stems with the pencil. And then I just went in with the light watercolor, the perfect watercolor stroke, not the opaque. So if you need to please pause this video and take a moment and just use my drawing as a reference and make two sage branches. Take a moment to get everything lined up on the hoop. Make sure all of the layers are in the right order so that the rose is on top and then the lilacs come after and the stage behind it all. Now I'm going to go up to my hoop layer and I'm going to rotate it so that the part that's not perfect will fall into the layer mask and be hidden. And select your free hand selection tool. And then I'm going to select the area I want to hide and fill the layer with black. And now we're just going to go and do a little clean up and paint with black to hide anything that's overlapping. During the cleanup and move process, you can put a mask on the other layers also to make it easier so that you can just paint with black and the layer, the part will disappear that you don't want to show. And then you can paint with white and then it'll come back. It's non-destructive way of editing. Okay, Now that all of our main florals are done, we're going to add in some leaves to add some accents. And we're just going to put them in places where it looks little bear. Oops, remember to make a new layer. So the next part is optional. We are going to paint some of the leaves so that they appear a little bit darker. Okay, I'm going to merge these new leaves down with the other two branches because I'm going to try some shading. He first you grab the free hand selection tool and you're going to make a selection around half of the leaf and feather it with 3%. And then you press the add button to do multiple selections and be sure to press Add again before each selection, we're going to go up to the Adjustments, Hue, Saturation, Brightness, and just bring the brightness slider down. This does tend to make it a little bit gray, but it works in this case because the leaves are already grayish. If it does not work for you. There is an option just instead of going to hue saturation and brightness, to paint with the same color just over the top of your selection. And it'll make it look like a shadow. Since it's watercolor doing multiple layers makes each layer darker than the first. Okay, once you're happy with your shading, I'll meet you in Part 2. 7. Lesson 4 Continued: Final Project: Part Two: Okay, It's still on less than four final project, part 2. First, let's open up, grab a company named document. And I've created a list of ideas for easy selection. And just in case you don't have a business team in mind, you can just grab an adjective from the left and match it to a noun. And bam, you have a company like Amber t, feisty photos, lively clothing. I mean, it's pretty cool. So how they go together, endless combinations. Okay, Now back in our document, and I get this chocolate brown color and insert text. And I've chosen wild wreaths for my company name. So I'm going to type in wreaths here. Turn the text transform on, they get capitalize, change the font to die dot or at anything similar, but just the size. Now transform it and put it into place, move it and resize if needed. Make another layer and choose a color from the palette we created. But, uh, choose plug in the topography pen tool. And I'm going to write Wild k. Remember your thick and thin lines. On the upstroke, you use less pressure, downstroke more pressure, and don't be afraid to let your letters go beyond the baseline where the letters normally and when a file is all lined up properly, let them just flow on down to the descender line where they overlap the bottom word. Okay, Now it's time for the final text. The tagline, just make up a saying that what can go along with your business. And remember to use the same font called Farah and increase the tracking, which is the spaces between the letters, just as we did in practice. And that's it. We're done. You have your finished critique logo. So stay tuned for bonus section on how to turn this into a watermark. 8. Bonus: Turn the Design into a Watermark: Hello and welcome to the bonus. We're going to make a watermark. So we have our beautiful design. We're going to duplicate it. Then we're going to go into the duplicate. And let's get rid of that top paper layer first. Don't need that. And then we're going to pinch in, merge all the layers together. Then tap on the layer and hit and select. Now let's choose black. You can choose white or any color that you would like and hit Fill Layer. Now we're going to have to do this multiple times. Because of the nature of the watercolor, it's see-through. So just keep pressing, Select and fill at least three to four times. The brushes themselves. They have blurry and jagged edges, you'll notice. So to get this a little bit crisper, we're going to select the layer one more time and then go down and hit invert. Okay, now you're going to grab your eraser tool and make sure that the topography pen is selected. And it works better to erase this way instead of selecting all and then swiping down with three fingers and pressing cut. Okay, so going around with the eraser and erasing everything, it looks pretty clear. Now, the only way to get those really jagged areas is to de-select everything, get the eraser, and just go through and erase all those small parts by hand. Also go back in with the eraser tool, with the topography pen selected eraser and define the petals. Once finished, you can turn off the background layer and export this as a PNG and then you can overlay it on anything, videos, photos, anything you'd like. Okay, so here's an example I filled with white and overlaid over a photo. And that concludes the lessons. Thank you so much for watching. 9. Final Thoughts: Congratulations, you finished the class and you have a final logo. Now, I hope that you found this fun and stress relieving. The more you practice, the more fun it'll be. Thank you, and we'll see you next class. I cannot wait to see what you guys create, please. If you make something and post it to Instagram, tag me at S tort designs so I can show your work. See you later on last time, right? It's out.